A Big Sur Elopement // Goldie and Dan

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On Wednesday, January 23rd, perched high atop the rugged coastline in the presence of officiant Ken Robins, Jaime, and myself…Goldie and Dan were married!  It’s always an honor to be selected as a couples’ Big Sur wedding photographer, but when you comprise 50% of the guest count including the bride and groom, it adds a bit of pressure.  All pressure soon dissipated as we pulled into Glen Oaks Big Sur and their Big Sur Cabin .  The unit, nestled amongst some wise old Redwoods, was a sight right off the pages of 1970’s Sunset Magazine with warm roomlight spilling out into the misty, cool afternoon outside.  Although the two saw each other minutes before getting ready, when Goldie came out in her dress, it was if he was seeing her for the first time.

As an impending storm system off the Pacific continued to taunt us throughout the day, we made our way down Highway 1 to a small patch of grass just past Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park where we met officiant Ken Robins.  Even though the two eloped and the pressure of having to perform in front of a sea of guests was lifted, it was still important for Dan to get it perfect so he still brought along a written copy of his vows, just in case. Goldie and Dan enjoy the outdoors, exploring wild places, and surfing together,  so the choice of venue fit them perfectly.  We finished our photo-exploratory-tiki-tour at Pfeiffer Beach, just as the weather began to gain the upper hand and we said goodbye to the last of our light.  As the rain now began to fall, we warmed up at Deetjen’s Big Sur Inn before saying goodbye to our new friends as we left them to a candlelight dinner, the first of many to come.  Thank you Goldie and Dan and congratulations!